28 - 30 November, 2017 | Australia

Workshops: Wednesday, 29th November 2017

Workshop A

9:00 am - 11:00 am Beyond Physical Infrastructure for Creating a Collaborative Environment & Attracting Knowledge Workforce

Alex Blauensteiner - General Manager, Business Innovation, Skills & Trade Development, Brisbane Marketing
The concept of old style business parks were all about function over form. Today a new wave of vibrant innovation ecosystems are emerging as places where people can collaborate and foster innovation. Couple this with the changing nature of work, desire for increased connectivity, reduced commute time and flexibility – business precincts need to better facilitate interaction between its community.

In order to continue to support economic growth, it is critical that existing and new asset are adequately utilized and this needs to look beyond the physical infrastructure. Knowledge and innovation has become an increasingly important consideration for urban planners as they grapple with the expansion of a knowledge economy and business parks today is not just about world class facilities.

In this session, our expert facilitator will deliver a thought provoking session on ways in which business parks can look beyond the physical infrastructure to enhance attractiveness, increase innovation and revenue generation.

Key discussion areas:
  • Importance of fostering partnerships with public, private and academic sectors
  • Designing and implementing new collaboration models and technology transfer processes
  • Benchmarking against leading international innovation precincts


Alex Blauensteiner

General Manager, Business Innovation, Skills & Trade Development
Brisbane Marketing

Workshop B

11:30 am - 1:30 pm The Evolution of the Business Park, from a Place of Work to a Place to Work, Live and Play

Daniel Henderson - Property Development Manager, Auckland Airport

Macro social, economic and technology trends are driving the need for Business Parks to evolve. The evolution of the Business Park as a place to live is increasingly seen as one strategy to create vibrancy and activity but there are many more.
Business Parks are typically well located have significant infrastructure and are well positioned to capture opportunities in this fast moving market. However, the evolution requires a holistic approach.

In this interactive workshop, our expert facilitator will delve into a discussion around the impact of broader macro changes and the opportunity to integrate mixed use facilities while highlighting challenges and outline the potential future of Business Parks.

Key discussion areas:
-        Drivers of change. What are they, how do these affect the operation and development of Business Parks
-        What changes are Business Parks making to meet these challenges and what are the benefits and hurdles
-        The value of mixed use, how to make this sustainable and what does the Business Park of the future look like.

Daniel Henderson

Property Development Manager
Auckland Airport

Workshop C

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Designing Environmentally Sustainable Business Parks for Achieving 6 Star Green Ratings

Green Star is Australia's trusted mark of quality for the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings.
Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2003, Green Star is Australia's only national rating system for individual buildings and communities. Green Star offers a framework of best practice benchmarks for sustainability.

With 1462 green star rated projects and about 30% of office spaces being certified, this interactive workshop will look at best practice methods of achieving a 6 star green rating.
In this session, our expert facilitator will explore the framework for achieving 6 star rating and best practice for designing and developing sustainable business precincts.

Key discussion areas:
  • Outlining the design techniques employed in achieving a 6 Star Green Rating
  • Understanding how energy usage can be reduced through proactive design
  • Engineering innovations employed to reduce energy wastage and increase efficiency